Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to Dailey’s Park
The Deer Park Hotel Gazebo, Gas House, and Porch. In the late 1880s and early 1900s Garrett County became a popular tourist mecca, due to large measure to the efforts of John Garrett, President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In the 1870s, under Mr. Garrett's direction, the railroad built two large hotels in the county, one in Oakland and a larger, grand hotel in Deer Park. These hotels no longer exist, but the gazebo and gas house now located in Dailey's Park are from the Deer Park hotel grounds. In 1999, the gazebo was donated to the society by Alden Perando. It was carefully restored and moved to the park later that year by the Tri-State Gazebo Company.
The gas house was donated to the society by Jerry and Janet Browning in 2000. This structure was originally built to house the gas that was used to light the hotel grounds. IT was essentially a stone and earthen bunker to safeguard against a possible explosion. The face stones were carefully removed, numbered, and
The porch alongside the museum is designed to capture the charm of the large porch on the front of the Deer Park Hotel. Several architectural features of the original porch were incorporated into the present structure. The rocking chairs on the porch are replicas of the rockers that once sat on the porch of the Deer Park Hotel. The park benches also replicate those used on the park grounds.
Robert E. Browning Memorial. First Lieutenant Robert E. Browning was twenty-four years old when he sacrificed his life for our country. A U.S. Army Air Force pilot in WW-II, he lost his life on August 20, 1944 while on a combat mission over Toulon, France. Lt. Browning was the lead pilot of the 37th squadron, 17th bomber group. On his 38th mission, prior to the southern invasion of France, his B-26 Martin Marauder was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed in the Toulon harbor. Only three of his seven-man crew survived. Lt. Browning was a highly decorated pilot, receiving the Air Medal and five oak leaf clusters, plus the purple heart. He was a great, great grandson of
The Browning family generously donated a parcel of land to the Garrett County Historical Society in memory of First Lieutenant Robert E. Browning. This parcel now is comprised of Dailey’s Park and its parking lot.
Erected by The Oakland/Mt. Lake Park Lions Club and the Garrett County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 39° 24.555′ N, 79° 24.486′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on East Liberty Street near South 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland MD 21550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Patriots (here, next to this marker); B&O Mile Marker (a few steps from this marker); Deer Park Hotel Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Gas House Garrett Memorial Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,963 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3. submitted on July 30, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4, 5. submitted on October 4, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of John and Ann Rebecca Dailey marker in the cemetery • Photo of the Robert E. Browning Memorial • Can you help?